England, Bristol, Non-Conformist Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This collection consists of nonconformist records from the city of Bristol for the years 1777-1936.

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Bristol,  England
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Record Description
Record Type Nonconformist
Collection years 1500-Present
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Bristol Records Office


Why Should I Look at This Collection?

Nonconformist church records may not have the most widespread coverage, but when they are available, they are the most informative and accurate source available for English family history until the start of civil registration in 1837. Nonconformist birth and baptismal registers are fairly common, and they generally contain more information than those of the Church of England.

For more information on the content, significance, and availability of Nonconformist Records, please see the England Nonconformist Church Records page.

What is in This Collection?

This collection contains an index to birth, baptismal, marriage, and burial records. The records come primarily from the following denominations: Methodist, Society of Friends (Quakers), Catholic, Presbyterian, Unitarian, Wesleyan, Swedenborgian, Congregational, and Baptist. The original records are held at the Bristol Records Office.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following lists indicate potential information given in each type of record. Every record may not provide all the listed information, as record-keeping practices varied by time, location, and denomination.

Birth Registers usually include:

  • Name of declarant (usu. father)
  • Age, occupation and residence of declarant
  • Name of child
  • Sex of child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Names of parents, including maiden name
  • Names, ages, and occupations of witnesses (usu. godparents)
  • Residence of parents

Baptismal Records usually include:

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Given name of child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Names of parents
  • Occupation of father
  • Legitimacy of child *Marital status of parents
  • Names of godparents

Marriage Registers usually include:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of bride and groom
  • Ages of bride and groom
  • Previous marital statuses of bride and groom
  • Occupations of bride and groom
  • Residences of bride and groom
  • Birthplaces of bride and groom
  • Names of parents, including maiden names
  • Names, ages, and occupations of witnesses

Death and Burial Records usually include:

  • Date and place of burial
  • Date and place of death
  • Name of deceased
  • Age at death
  • Cause of death
  • Marital status of deceased
  • Name of spouse
  • Birthdate and place of deceased
  • Residence of deceased
  • Occupation of deceased
  • Surviving family members
  • Father of deceased, esp. if infant
  • Occupation of father, esp. if infant

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching, it is best to know the following information:

  • Name of the person
  • Date range for the record

As you search, compare your results with this information to find a match.

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches


What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Look at an image of the original record. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index. To find a copy of the original record, visit the Bristol Records Office page. (Send them to the custodian website if they can access records using that website.


  • If in the appropriate period, use the information which has been discovered to find the individual in civil records. Particularly useful for research in nineteenth-century England are the England Census and the England Civil Registration records.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This can help you find possible relatives.
  • Search the records of nearby areas.
  • Check for other names. An individual might appear under an unexpected name for a variety of reasons:
- They might have been listed under a middle name, nickname, or abbreviation of their given name.
-A woman may have returned to her maiden name after the death of her husband.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"England, Bristol, Non-conformist Church Records." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Bristol Records Office, Bristol.

Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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